Paradoxes of our paradoxical times

Natasha Sumant

Global issues in design

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/shouts/2012/10/le-blog-de-jean-paul-sartre.html

Living in public and the constant need for privacy is possibly one of the biggest paradoxes of our era of social networking and high media culture. In this very cleverly constructed article, the author takes Jean-Paul Satre, the debatable father of existentialism *, and equips him with a public blog, instead of his fountain pen and diary wherein he writes about his individual experiences and the mundanities of his everyday through which he builds his philosophical theories. The author hilariously places Satre and the whole year 1959 in a strange world that merges with the 21st century and its technologies. The article   to me, seems to be a great commentary on the idea of how thinking and situations change with scale and situation. Would Satre’s theories on existentialism have been very different had he lived in an era of social media where people are constantly commenting on your opinion and your individual experience? And also makes me question how existential our lives really our now that social networking elevates the individual experiences and makes it something that is shared and vicarious. It seems like social media and the integration of technology has made existentialism a somewhat obsolete concept?On the other hand however, the paradox of social media makes you in many ways feel more alone. So does that mean existentialism still in some senses exists? Honestly, I dont know, which is strange because I have all the information in the world at my fingertips. But I guess this is just one of those paradoxes of our times?

 

( a movement in the 1950s that was based on the idea that philosophical thinking and the base of all thinking started at experiences of the individual.)

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